Friday, April 17, 2009

Games South Africans Play, part 2

A lot has been made of African National Congress leader Jacob Zuma's self-identification with the noble history of the Zulu tribe (which he *is* a descendant of, no doubt). J. Zuma has even looked to Shaka for inspiration as a leader.

Well, there is just one little problem with all that...

The ancestral leadership of the Zulu inspired and organized Inkatha, which by 1975 served as the model for the Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) of Buthelezi-subtribe (Zulu) Inkosi (chief) Mangosuthu Buthelezi. The IFP is still the 3rd largest political party by representation with 23 members in the National Assembly. Granted, that is small potatoes in an assembly of 400 members, but as minor parties go in South Africa that is a noteworthy success in the face of the ANC machine.


With elections coming again on April 22nd and J. Zuma expected to be inaugurated as President of South Africa upon the expected ANC victory, perhaps it should come as no surprise that substantial accusations of ANC violence against IFP supporters are now coming out.

Apparently, Mr. Zuma and his followers have their own ideas about who runs politics in KwaZulu-Natal embodies the true Zulu ideal, and intend to enforce that vision of things.


Mr. Bill said...

No symbolic protests at Rourke's Drift?

L.Douglas Garrett said...

@Mr. Bill

Perhaps at Stanger, where Dingane assassinated Shaka, would be more appropriate.